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  ( flowers    plural & 3rd person present)   ( flowering    present participle)   ( flowered    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A flower is the part of a plant which is often brightly coloured, grows at the end of a stem, and only survives for a short time.  
Each individual flower is tiny., ...large, purplish-blue flowers.     
2       n-count   A flower is a stem of a plant that has one or more flowers on it and has been picked, usually with others, for example to give as a present or to put in a vase.  
usu pl  
...a bunch of flowers sent by a new admirer.     
3       n-count   Flowers are small plants that are grown for their flowers as opposed to trees, shrubs, and vegetables.  
usu pl  
...a lawned area surrounded by plants and flowers..., The flower garden will be ablaze with colour every day.     
4       verb   When a plant or tree flowers, its flowers appear and open.  
Several of these rhododendrons will flower this year for the first time.      V  
5       verb   When something flowers, for example a political movement or a relationship, it gets stronger and more successful.   (=blossom)  
Their relationship flowered.      V  
6    When a plant is in flower or when it has come into flower, its flowers have appeared and opened.  
in flower      phrase   usu v-link PHR, PHR after v  

flower arranging     
Flower arranging is the art or hobby of arranging cut flowers in a way which makes them look attractive.      n-uncount  
flower power     
Flower power is an old-fashioned way of referring to hippies and the culture associated with hippies in the late 1960s and early 1970s.      n-uncount  
...the era of flower power.     
wild flower        ( wild flowers    plural  ) , wildflower   Wild flowers are flowers which grow naturally in the countryside, rather than being grown by people in gardens.      n-count  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    bloom, blossom, efflorescence  
2      (figurative)   best, choicest part, cream, crème de la crème, elite, freshness, greatest or finest point, height, pick, vigour  
3    bloom, blossom, blow, burgeon, effloresce, flourish, mature, open, unfold  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

April showers bring May flowers exp.
used to point out that small problems or unpleasant events can in the end help things get better

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